Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

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Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Galapagos


A secretive and solitary heron often found wading the shallow Galapagos waters in search of fish and crabs. This species is easily identifiable from its white cheek patch, black head, and white feathers protruding off the back of its head.

Fun Fact

This species has shown up various times in the fossil record, with the earliest presence 2–2.5 million years old (from Sarasota, Florida) * To constuct their nests, Yellow-crowned Night-Herons typically break off dead twigs and branches directly from vegetation. In some colonies, the species will completely strip trees of their twigs.